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How to draw a Remembrance Poppy Real Easy – Step by Step

The poppy was taken as a symbol of remembrance as it flowered through the muddy carnage in Flanders through the First World War. You can find out more here http://www.greatwar.co.uk/article/remembrance-poppy.htm

The choice of poppy was also inspired by the poem “in Flanders Fields” by John McCrae

In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row,
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.

We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved and were loved, and now we lie
In Flanders fields.

Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields.

See my other more realistic poppy video here

How to go about illustrating children’s books

How do you set about illustrating children’s books? Well, in a new series of videos, I’ll show you what goes into my process.

Recently, I was asked to illustrate a book of prize-winning short stories, written by children, inspired by the style and themes of Roald Dahl – in the Welsh Books Council Dahlightful writing competition for schools.

Illustrating a single story involves one set of characters, I had 17 stories to illustrate and some were written in Welsh – a language I don’t speak too much of. This video shows how I set about the project. Follow along with my Illustrating Kid’s Books playlist

You may also like to see my illustration and publishing techniques playlist